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Programmability’s Promise

Need programmability? Step right up my friends. In this week’s Fish Fry, we are investigating some of the newest and coolest applications using programmable technology today. Ted Marena (Microsemi) demonstrates how we can use PolarFire FPGAs in a machine-learning application and how this PolarFire FPGA-based board can also facilitate Linux and RISC-V development. Sunder Parameswaran (Falcon Computing) also joins us to discuss some really cool applications for FPGA acceleration (like machine learning and genomics!) To finish things up this week, we chat with Kent Orthner from Achronix. Kent and I chat about the rising tide of embedded FPGAs … Read More → "Programmability’s Promise"

Virtual Verification Smorgasbord

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. — Ruth Reichl

Are you ready for a virtual buffet of verification goodness? I hope so. In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re gobbling down as much verification as we possibly can fit on our podcastin’ plate. First up, Anupam Bakshi (Agnisys) joins us to dish on register specification, automatic memory verification, and UVM model integration. Next, Dave Kelf (Breker) serves up some delectable details about their new Trek Five product, the history of portable stimulus, and how Breker has … Read More → "Virtual Verification Smorgasbord"

The Challenge of Systemic Complexity

We’re tackling the multi-faceted challenges of embedded software development in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. Simon Davidmann (CEO – Imperas) joins us to discuss how familiar debug environments can make all the difference in complex designs and why RISC-V architecture is gaining traction in the EE ecosystem. Next up, Rupert Baines (CEO – UltraSoC) joins us to chat about the details of their “Smart Monitor” IP blocks and how they can oversee all the “moving” parts of your design (and keep them all playing nicely together). Also this week, we check out a new wearable … Read More → "The Challenge of Systemic Complexity"

Adventures in Micro Land

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re following a microcontroller yellow brick road to a land where analog reigns supreme. Dave Smith (Texas Instruments) joins us to discuss the details of the “Smart Analog Combo” included in in the MSP430 family, the benefits of the configurable signal-chain elements inherent in this solution, and why the FRAM memory found in this new family sets it apart from other solutions on the market.  Also this week, we investigate how “nano-bubbles” are being used … Read More → "Adventures in Micro Land"

Long Live the (8 Bit) King

There are whispers that their time has come to fade away into the sunset. Time to drift away on the electronic wind with laser discs, Zune players, and VHS. But can the role of 8 bit MCUs in the electronic engineering ecosystem be dismissed so easily? Maybe not. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Nikos Zervas (CEO of CAST) joins us to discuss the changing role of 8 bit MCUs in the EE ecosystem, how CAST works with their partners to bring innovative IP cores to the market, … Read More → "Long Live the (8 Bit) King"

What (Invisible) Dreams May Come

This week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at two childhood dreams of mine: an invisibility cloak and robots that can think! (ie. artificial intelligence.) First up, we examine why an invisibility cloak is closer to reality than ever before, the physics behind invisibility/cloaking, and important differences between three new cloaking technologies. Also this week, I sit down with Carlos Macian from eSilicon and talk about how ASICs and GPUs are being used as building blocks for artificial intelligence designs. Carlos and I chat about the intersection of AI and network design, the role … Read More → "What (Invisible) Dreams May Come"

To the Cloud and Beyond

Watch out! Fish Fry is taking DAC by storm! In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we tackle of some of biggest themes presented at this year’s show: EDA’s progression to cloud-based design tools, the increased adoption of the RISC-V architecture, and the ever-present IoT. Craig Johnson and Carl Siva (Cadence Design Systems) join us to chat about why now is the right time for the cloud to take off for EDA and some of the advantages and pitfalls that will come along with this movement … Read More → "To the Cloud and Beyond"

Enabling Intelligence and Designing for a Cause

Work it harder
Make it better
Do it faster
Makes us stronger
— Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

The internet of things once again takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. First up, we chat with Dianne Kibbey (Newark element14) about the Design for a Cause Design Challenge: Newark element14’s newest design challenge that encourages the development of assistive technologies. Also this week, Martin Croome (VP of Business Development at GreenWaves Technologies) joins us … Read More → "Enabling Intelligence and Designing for a Cause"

There’s No Business like EDA Business

In this week’s podcast, we welcome Bob Smith from the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance to Fish Fry. Bob and I are chat about why the ESD Alliance and SEMI are joining forces, the ESD Alliance’s plans for DAC this year, and we even fit in a little discussion about wine. Also this week, we check out the new artificial intelligence and machine learning program at this year’s Design Automation Conference and I announce my “Do Not Miss List” for DAC 2018.

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MEMS Spring Eternal

What do electrostatic transduction, non-linear MEMS sensors, caffeine dosing strategies, and a glowing Death Star have in common? This here podcast! First up, we explore the Global MEMS Design Contest with Christine Dufour (Coventor – A LAM Research Company). Christine and I discuss the details of the winning designs and how design contests foster innovation in the electronic engineering ecosystem. Also this week, we check out an algorithm developed by the United States Army that aims to “optimize an ideal caffeine dosage strategy” and take a closer look at the “The World’s Most Accurate Death Star Replica Firepit”.

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